Buying Your First Home in Norwich

22/10/2018

Buying Your First Home in Norwich

You’ve decided to fly the nest, and now you need some guidance on what to look for.
Norwich has many excellent properties for first-time buyers, and we are here to help you find the place for you.

Buying your first home is exciting, but it can also be terrifying, especially if you haven’t got anyone at hand to help you. You might have family and friends nearby who have been there, done that and can give you help and support, but for some people, it’s all down to them, this might be the case if you’ve just relocated to Norwich.

Here we have some tips to help you buy your first home

Don’t rush in
This should be an obvious tip; however, so many people make the mistake of rushing in, saying yes too quickly and not doing thorough checks.
Sometimes you need to see a few properties to realise what it is you don’t want. If you’re not sure about a property and would like to see it again, then ask the agent to make arrangements for you to go back. Buying your first home is a big purchase, don’t let anyone rush you, take your time and make the right decision.



Price it up
Get your sums sorted right at the start; this keeps you focused and avoids unnecessary disappointments. You’ll need your deposit, the bigger the deposit, the better and the lower rate you’ll access on your mortgage. You’ll also have to price up legal fees, survey fees and moving costs.



Check areas well
Most areas in Norwich are good, but you should still do your due diligence; check the area by day but also go back and check it by night too. Check for the little things too, like “does Deliveroo deliver in the area,” this could be a deal breaker especially if you’re a busy person who relies on the convenience of delivered food. Check with the council, are they good with the bins, filling in potholes, and fixing street lights etc. If you want to live right in the heart of Norwich then be aware that every year there are many different festivals held and certain roads get closed off for them, this might also be a deciding factor for you.



View properties like it’s a job
Prepare questions before a property viewing; there’s nothing worse than leaving a place and thinking that you’d wish you’d asked about something. Have a checklist with you and tick items off as look around, i.e. Does the home have good natural light, give a tick for yes. Have a checklist for outside of the house too, check for cracks, leaks and broken gutters.



Don’t get emotional
Just because your favourite flower is growing in the garden don’t take it as a sign that it’s the home for you. The same goes if the kitchen is painted in a colour you can't stand, don’t disregard it immediately, the colour doesn’t have to stay. If you do fall in love with the home and you’ve decided that’s it’s your dream place, still stay calm because you might have to negotiate, remember your poker face.



Be prepared for hold-ups
Sometimes everything is a breeze, however, there are usually hold-ups. These hold ups could be right at the start of your search when you want to view a home, but the owner is always working; here at abbotFox we step in and show the home when the owner is unavailable. Then there can be more hold-ups once you’ve decided to buy, some property chains are long, and if there is a messy divorce at the top of the chain it can create a messy hold up for everyone else.



So there you have it, a few tips to help you along the way.



Norwich has many different types of suitable properties for first-time buyers.

To give you an idea of the property styles in Norwich you can read our previous post ‘Houses in Norwich come in all shapes and sizes.”

Good luck and remember we’re only a phone call away Norwich 01603 660000

If you’re looking for your first home in Norwich, we’d love to help you.

Call us on 01603 660000 or leave your CONTACT DETAILS HERE and we will call you


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